In the CBS interview, Trump asserted he was leading a hard-line policy on Russian Federation.
In Helsinki, as Putin looked on, Trump said the following to a question about whether he believed U.S. intelligence agencies, or Putin's denials of interference: "My people came to me ... they said they think it's Russian Federation. So, certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said.
"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".
"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia", Trump said at a cabinet meeting at the White House.
Sanders also addressed how the administration is working to prevent Russian meddling in USA elections in the future.
The White House said on Wednesday that Trump would meet with his team about U.S officials being questioned by Russian Federation.
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats' drumbeat of criticism against Russian Federation is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump's pro-Kremlin remarks, leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable - and perhaps perilous - seat in the administration.
Later, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about the exchange during the White House briefing: "Cecilia (Vega) asked the president, 'Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?' He said 'No.' Is that what the president actually believes?"
On Tuesday, Trump read from a printed statement, and said he had misspoken in Helsinki. "And I didn't hear that in his walk-back", she added.
Chief of staff John Kelly told Republican lawmakers to push back against the president after the Helsinki appearance where he sided with Putin and cast doubt on intelligence assessments that Russian Federation was behind efforts to meddle with the 2016 election, according to a Vanity Fair report yesterday.
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia". And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.
It comes just days after Trump and Putin met in Helsinki for their first official summit on Monday.
The White House and the U.S. State Department are at odds over an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow U.S. prosecutors access to 12 Russians accused of hacking the 2016 election if Russian prosecutors who are pursuing Kremlin critic William Browder are allowed to interrogate several Americans. Instead, he went into a long rambling response including his demands for investigation of Clinton's email server and his description of Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of meddling.
More than that, he feels intimidated - by Russian Federation, whose president has considered him a "personal foe", and by his own president, who may allow him to be interviewed by the Kremlin in connection with unspecified criminal allegations.
The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the USA electoral system.
Interested in Donald Trump? He says in an interview with CBS that he told Vladimir Putin to stay out of America's elections.
He also lashed out at Europe and US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps", but did not elaborate on his comments.
USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.
A number of senators are swiftly signing on to a bipartisan bill from Sens. "I put out a statement yesterday, within minutes after that press conference". But in the Trump administration, Coats could be walking into a minefield, given the president's track record of firing officials who don't toe his line. "They were transferred to the United States". "I dislike these people because they wanted to grab up so much power and use it against the American people", Paul continued. A similar vote Tuesday in the House failed on a party-line vote. "And here we are almost two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again".
But one member of Team Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray, hinted that he contemplated resigning over disagreements with the president.